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Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker 2015  
Thursday, December 18, 2015 - 7:00 pm alt
Friday, December 19, 2015 - 1:00 pm alt
Friday, December 19, 2015 - 5:00 pm alt
Hippodrome Theatre  

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American Kodály Children’s Chorus joins Moscow Ballet in Baltimore, MD!


Moscow Ballet is proud to bring the choristers of the American Kodály Children’s Chorus to the Saturday, December 20 performances of the Great Russian Nutcracker in Baltimore. The youth choir performs their holiday repertoire in the Hippodrome lobby prior to the performances and will accompany Conductor Lee Mills and Concert Artists of Baltimore musicians in live accompaniment of the company of 40 dancers.

Jointly founded by The Bryn Mawr School and Loyola University’s American Kodály Institute, the chorus is in residence at the Bryn Mawr School and is administered by Dr. Alyson Shirk. In addition to her work at Bryn Mawr, Shirk is a frequent choral clinician, adjudicator, and master class teacher. The American Kodály Children’s Chorus is dedicated to offering high quality music training, in a nurturing environment, to children in the greater Baltimore metropolitan area. Current choristers range from age 8 to 18 and attend public and private, and home school programs. The chorus strives for excellence by providing students with vocal pedagogy-based choral and solo singing Instruction; the Kodály Method and play-based musicanship coursework and local, regional, and international performance opportunities. Many choristers recently traveled to Hungary where they performed at the International Kodály Symposium.

Moscow Ballet’s award-winning dancers bring the holiday season to life in Baltimore, MD!

altExclusive to the Great Russian Nutcracker is the stunning Dove of Peace, with 20ft wingspan, and created by 2 dancers moving as one; Russian folk legends Father Christmas/Ded Moroz and Snow Maiden/Snegurochka who escort Masha and Nutcracker Prince to the Land of Peace and Harmony; life-sized Matrushka Dolls; and whimsical 10ft tall silk puppets. New in 2014 is an authentic Russian Christmas puppet play and Masha’s magical Toy Cabinet. Wearing intricately detailed costumes, many with shimmering Swarovski crystals, the award-winning principal dancers and corps de ballet bring Tchaikovsky’s master score and the holiday season to life!


Live Orchestra Accompanies Moscow Ballet at the Hippodrome!

altConductor Lee Mills, and Concert Artists of Baltimore, accompany Moscow Ballet in Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite. Mills is recognized as a passionate, multifaceted, and energetic conductor and in 2011, at the invitation of Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Music Director Marin Alsop, he received the BSO-Peabody Institute Conducting Fellowship. Mills was the founding Music Director of the Divertimento Chamber Orchestra in Walla Walla, Washington, and currently is Music Director of Towson University Symphony Orchestra in Maryland. Recent conducting engagements include the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Gran Teatro La Fenice, Bozeman Symphony Orchestra, and Concert Artists of Baltimore.A multifaceted conductor, Mr. Mills has led performances of the Moscow Ballet, Montana Ballet Company, Peabody Opera Theater, Towson University Opera, the Peabody Singers, and Whitman College Chorale and Chamber Singers. In addition Conductor Mills serves as cover conductor for the symphony orchestras of Atlanta, Charlotte, and Baltimore, and assistant and rehearsal conductor at the Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice, Italy for productions of Mozart’s Le Nozze di Figaro, Don Giovanni, and Così Fan Tutte. Recently Mills was featured in a master class with David Robertson and the St. Louis Symphony during League of American Orchestras Conference.

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Local Audition Information Coming Soon for Moscow  Ballet's 2015 Performances!

A total of 60 student dancers will be selected to perform side-by-side with the professional company of 40 Russian dancers. Moscow Ballet “Dance with Us” Audition Director Carolina Siscanu will be present to rehearse the children the week of September 1. Students are cast in ancillary roles of Party Children, Mice, Snowflakes, Angels, and more. They will perform in the Great Russian Nutcracker Dec 19, 7:00pm and Dec 20, 1:00 and 5:00pm at the Hippodrome Theatre in Baltimore. Moscow Ballet is pleased to work with Moving Company Dance Center in Baltimore to make the open audition, rehearsals and performances possible.  Applicants must be between 7 and 16 years old, have at least one year of ballet training, dress in dance attire and may bring Pointe shoes. The experience of working and performing with professional ballerinas is often a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for aspiring dancers. “The payoff at the end of the rehearsals is the opportunity to be part of Christmas magic, to dance under shimmering lights with award-winning Russian dancers against exquisite hand-painted sets. It’s great for the kids. They get to dance in a professional production,” affirms Margaret Engle of Charlottesville Ballet School.

The Moving Company Dance Center (MoveCo, LLC) provides professional dance instruction to dancers of all ages and abilities. In our classes of ballet, pointe, jazz, modern, tap, and hip hop, we challenge and support our students to reach their artistic and technical promise. Our goal is to foster a lifelong love and appreciation of dance and to train well prepared, technically proficient dancers in a warm and nurturing atmosphere. Our classes are small allowing our devoted and accomplished teachers to provide individualized attention. We invite you to come visit us to experience the creative atmosphere and be inspired by the enthusiasm and dedication of our students and teachers.


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The Hippodrome Theatre, now a part of the France-Merrick Performing Arts Center, first opened its doors in 1914 as a movie palace. Vaudeville performances were held there, too, featuring such legends as Red Skelton and Benny Goodman. The building underwent renovations in the early 1960s, reopening with the regional premiere of the film Cleopatra. The theater was closed for a short time in the 1990s, as the venue's popularity waned.

Today, the Hippodrome has regained its popularity and regularly hosts a variety of events, from Broadway productions to concerts to comedy shows.


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